Man and Parson Terrier
By Denise Liebermann
Oil on deep canvas
Image size: H: 150cm x W: 100cm
This wonderful painting is the second of two new 2023 works by Denise, both at this scale, which capture the bond between man and dog. It has been painted in a confident and creative style, with an upturned perspective and clever use of shadow and highlight, on the figures and in the background.
Denise's lean use of oil paint allows you to see the brush marks and imagine the painting coming into being through laying down of careful, flat planes of colour, large and small.
We love the upturned tilt of the hat, the waves of the stripey top, the man lost in thought as he peers into the undergrowth and the dog's stance of patient inquiry. Everything is beautifully understated and has an air of Hockney in its style, execution and narrative.
Denise says: "My inspiration for this painting was our trip to Trebah Garden in Cornwall, a tropical garden famous for its four miles of winding paths. I wanted to convey a sense of relaxed exploration, man and dog as companions, not a care in the world."
ABOUT DENISE LIEBERMANN
Denise is a Worcestershire-based artist who shares a studio with another of our artists, Wendi Weller, and who has become respected for her animal portraiture. Her new, larger portrait pieces are showing exclusively with us this winter and move her work on, both in scale and narrative.
"My passion as a portrait artist lies in the intricate dance between capturing a person's outer likeness and revealing their inner essence. Through each stroke of my brush or pencil, I aim to unveil the stories, emotions and unique character that make each individual a work of art in their own right.
"Portraiture, for me, is a deeply personal and profound exploration of human connection. It's not merely about creating a likeness; it's about delving into the soul of the subject and conveying their humanity on canvas or paper.
"Every face tells a story - and I'm committed to telling those stories with empathy, sensitivity, and authenticity.
"In my work, I embrace a blend of classical and contemporary techniques. Whether it's a detailed, realistic portrayal or a more interpretive and abstract representation, my goal is to elicit a sense of recognition and emotional resonance in the viewer.
"Through the medium of portraiture, I hope to foster a deeper understanding of the human experience, celebrating our diversity, vulnerabilities, and strengths. Each portrait is an opportunity to explore the intricacies of identity and the shared bonds that connect us all."